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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 6, 2012

Star-Studded Inspiring Family Movie 'Flames Of Love' Must Be Supported By Those Who Frown On Local Films About 'Keridas'

BABY NEBRIDA is an award-winning scriptwriter (for “Init at Lamig” about leprosy) then she became an avid Marian devotee hosting a TV show for the Blessed Virgin and the Divine Mercy of Jesus, “Heart to Heart”, which ran for seven years. Now, she’s back to writing in “Flames of Love”, a story about four families whose lives are interconnected. The star-studded cast includes Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Lani Mercado, Ricky Davao, Allen Dizon, Jaclyn Jose, Valerie Concepcion, Megan Young, Rina Reyes, Marita Zobel, Alvin Anson and Mavi Lozano. Baby’s own son, Jodi, is featured in the film as Megan’s boyfriend.

Baby wrote the film to answer the call of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to help spread God’s word, love and mercy in this The Year of Faith. She got Gigi Javier-Alfonso, the chancellor of the UP Open University and Gawad Urian chair, to direct the movie. Gigi has helmed many TV dramas and short films but this is her first full length film.

“Gigi and I have worked before in several projects together and she’s a good friend,” says Baby. “I know she’s perfect for this project as it’s about strong women and she’s one herself. This is a film with many characters, like my favorite Hollywood films, ‘Babel’ and ‘Crash’. They have the same structure with interwoven stories and I enjoyed putting the characters together.”

“Baby is reflected in the characters she wrote for the film,” says Gigi. “Not the usual martyr types ang mga babae rito. They fight for what they want and they’re ready to face the consequences.”

Lani Mercado plays a two-timing wife in “Flames of Love”. She’s a doctor who’s married with two kids to a professor, Christopher de Leon, but is also having an affair with another doctor, Alvin Anson.

Valerie is a young woman raped by her drunken stepfather Ronnie Lazaro, with Jaclyn Jose as her unsuspecting mom.

Dina Bonnevie is an art enthusiast who dumps her husband, Ricky Davao, when she finds out he is cheating on her. The ultimate message of the film is that we may all be sinners but God is always merciful and just waiting for us to return to Him and renew our faith. The film opens in theatres on December 12, 2012 or 12/12/12, released by Solar Entertainment. Those who complain that local films these days are always about infidelity and “kabits” or mistresses should support this inspiring family drama fostering positive values about relationships and forgiveness.